More FNQ…

In our last post, the peacocks and bats in the tree above our caravan were making life difficult. All was resolved when a large goanna (aka barnie or perentie) took up residence in the tree, and apparently under our van when we were out. All arguments ceased – the male peacock still slept there each night but was well-behaved without the peahens, and the bats disappeared!
We were happy campers again, and have even had mostly sunny weather the last couple of weeks. The wind however has not let up except for the occasional day. Eastern States people reckon that the WA coast and Perth are windy, but up this way it is a lot worse.
These photos were taken on the Daintree River Wild Watch with Ian (Sauce) Worcester who really knows his stuff and has been doing tours for about 18 years.
Daintree River 2
Kingfisher 2
Tree snake
Croc 4
Sunset 2
These little yellow sunbirds were checking out our awning for a nest site. They evidently have realised that if they build near people they are pretty safe as we scare off any predators. Our neighbours who stay here for 4 months every year often have to remove their pendulous nests before they can move out.
Yellow Bellied Sunbird 1
We are now at Ellis Beach until 7 July when we head into Cairns for the van to be serviced (done 10000 k’s!) Here is the view through our caravan door – a lovely beachfront spot as we got a last minute cancellation (it’s the caravanner’s version of winning Lotto as people book for 2-3 years ahead for this slice of paradise). Within walking distance there is good food at the local bar and grill ($1 oysters on Sundays so Ginny is in hog heaven) and great beach walks…
Ellis Beach 3
Ellis Beach 2
Ellis Beach 1 View from van Ellis Beach
Ian is booked in to a nature photo workshop over two days with Steve Parish and another pro Martin Willis on 2-3 August, so we will be spending more time around this area and the Atherton Tablelands until then. We are really enjoying our time in FNQ – still find the wet tropical rainforest a bit overpowering and claustrophobic, but it is interesting and the wildlife is prolific. Keeps Ian and his  camera on the go!

One thought on “More FNQ…

  1. Janet Bourne

    Well, well, well … it’s a wet (VERY wet) Saturday so have spent the day reading, skyping, cleaning up computer, etc. These are rare events but what else can one do … inside? Forget the housework. So have just started reading your blog … sounds like you’re having an amazing time. So jealous! Carpe diem I say, and my other fav ‘Adventure before dementia!’ So now working to pay for the next adventure. Ian some of those photos are amazing. Keep up the good work reporting to whanau n friends. I kept a blog in Qatar, but was ‘warned’ in Saudi that the consequences in Saudi might be far -reaching! Nothing to do with the Saudis, I figured it was more my English bosses objected to me calling them ‘whinging poms’! We are home to stay for awhile … Mark in his dream job, me in a job! Safe travels. Know the Atherton Mtns will treat your souls well. Take care, arohanui, Janet
    PS: Going up to see Janine and Doug tomorrow. He can no longer have chemo, so is on a trial drug. Not sure how much longer he’ll be with us. But they’re the supreme optimists … exactly as you’d expect!


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